Waldner ~ The Next Generation Ping Pong Table
Affectionately dubbed the “Table Tennis 2.0″ this next gen ping pong table is really something we can get behind. Its almost as if the future is finally here and visual touch interfaces are not only on screens but they themselves are the actual surface of the object too. The blueprint sort of style this table evokes also sets a rather nice tone for paving the way in which the future and technology are heading. What a beautiful game, if only we could challenge beautiful cyborgs who were programmed to lose to a match.
The table has a multi-touch surface, which responds to human touch and real world objects, like ping-pong balls.
Under the surface we find two 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 “Westmere” processors and an ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphic cards, a Wi-Fi connection and 12 Bose micro speakers.
The table is 2.74 m long, 1.52 m wide, 76 cm high and 5 cm thick. The surface, which is a huge screen, is made of soft acrylic that gives the correct smooth, low-friction coating. The screen is supported Apple’s new HiDPI, which gives a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixel.
After and during the game, all kind of statistics can be found on the table. Players can for example compare the balls hit areas (where each hit have been visualized by a circle and contains information like speed and trajectory. All data is stored and can be visualized as real time 3D on devices as iPad and iPhones.